Woman Inspired to Take Steps to Prevent Violence in the Stateline

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford police have their hands full trying to figure out why gunfire broke out in three separate spots on Friday night, sending three people to the hospital.

Officers say one person was shot in the leg at the intersection of Sherman Avenue and Furman Street just after midnight. The victim told police he was walking down the street when a car drove by and someone inside the car started shooting. The victim is expected to be okay. A similar incident happened about five hours earlier in the 1000 block of Andrews Street. Investigators say it was the same scenario, and this victim was shot in the right side of the body. He'll also be okay.

Detectives are also looking for the person they say started shooting into a crowd of people outside the Circle K gas station on East State Street. Police say gunfire broke out just before 2am Saturday morning. One person was hit in the arm but should be okay. Police haven't made any arrests in any of these incidents

The string of shootings across the Stateline has one woman taking steps to prevent a summer of violence. Alicia Berger knows what it is like to lose some one to violence; her boyfriend was gunned down in 2009 and Berger wants to make sure families don’t suffer like she did.

There have been 2 murders in Berger’s hometown of Beloit so far in 2014 and seven in Rockford. Those images on TV brought to mind her own loss. In November of 2009, her boyfriend Derek Kimber was shot and killed while driving in Beloit. This recent violence spurred her to organize a rally in June. She’s hoping neighbors can work together to keep the peace this year.

“We’re going to get out into the community, help others, help people that are struggling. Give the kids something different besides gang banging and violence. People are losing people left and right, our cities are crying and I feel like people want to change but somebody needs to take a step to do so," says Alicia Berger.

Berger plans to form a foundation that will raise money for families of victims who can't afford a headstone. Her Stop the Violence Rally will be Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Riverside Park in Beloit.

To learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/1490709581147900/

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